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Noosa Botanic Gardens Plant Fair 2018
Sunday, 2 September, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Plant Fair Programme
9.45am Official opening by Mayor Tony Wellington
10-11am: David Hunter Putting you at ease about growing orchids
David Hunter, horticulturist, orchid judge and a member of Noosa Orchid and Foliage Society will talk on how to grow orchids. He will dispel the myth that orchids are hard to grow. He believes, in many respects, orchids are easier to grow than many other plants in pots… not convinced? Come along and hear what the experts say!
Other members of the club will also be demonstrating how to divide and repot orchids.
11am-Noon How you can improve pollination in your garden
Paul Plant will moderate a panel of experts who will welcome questions from the audience
Glenbo Craig is a honey bee keeper who helped form the Mary Valley Bees organisation which has actively promoted research and information about stingless native bees which are a native species not susceptible to the same diseases and pests threatening European honey bee populations overseas. He sees a role for both honey bees and the native species.
Phil is General Manager for Noosa & District Landcare Group and a passionate advocate for the Environment. Landcare plants will be on sale, clearly labeled
with bird and bee attracting advice.
John Parsons is President of the Fraser Coast Microbats Group
As areas like Noosa, are expanding, habitat trees are cut down and micro bat roosts are lost. This is where you can come in by installing micro bat boxes around your property to encourage micro bats to roost in them. If you are a gardener it is certainly ‘a must have’ as they are the best pollinators for your fruit and veggies -you will notice a big difference in your garden after a year or two.
Noon to 1pm Cath Manuel Growing Companion Plants
Companion plants assist in the growth of other plants by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. In this presentation Cath Manuel will share tips for growing plants together to encourage healthy plants and a thriving garden.
Cath Manuel is a Horticultural Consultant specialising in Therapeutic and Kitchen Gardens.She has many years’ experience in the horticulture industry and has a great passion for inspiring people of all ages and abilities to enjoy gardening activities and grow fresh food.
1-2pm Adam Woodhams Our ‘lost’ sustainability and how simple and painless it can be to get sustainable”.
Adam Woodhams is Vice Chair of Friends of Noosa Botanic Gardens
For nearly 15-years he has worked in the media specialising in the areas of horticulture, landscape, sustainability, home & garden lifestyle and DIY.
Adam has contributed to most major garden & home publications in Australia as writer, editor and photographer. Titles he has worked with include Better Homes & Gardens, Your Garden, Gardening Australia, Handyman, Burkes Backyard, New Idea and more.